Private Bernard Trower


Bernard Trower was born on 1 February 1899 at 15 Carrick Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the fifth or sixth of at least ten children of journeyman boilermaker (later bridgeworks riveter) Francis Trower and his wife Sarah (née Bryce). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 250 Borland's Lane, Craigneuk Street, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, with his parents and his six surviving siblings.

In 1915 he was identified as a lookout in a case of illegal bookmaking.


The Wishaw Press, 26 March 1915


Trower was called up in 1918 and on 23 April that year was posted to the North Irish Horse (Corps of Hussars No.72084). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until 11 January 1919 when he was discharged, being 'surplus to military requirements, not having suffered impairment since entry into the service' (paragraph 392 xxv(a), King's Regulations).

On 5 April 1918, just prior to being posted to the North Irish Horse, Trower had married pithead worker Ellen McLean in the Craigneuk Roman Catholic Church. He gave his occupation as coal miner.

After the war he returned to work as a coal miner. He died in the Law Hospital, Lanarkshire, on 24 June 1957.


The Wishaw Press, 20 August 1937